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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, ...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer appro...

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Community

Slideshow: Los Altos Live!

More than 20 acts performed to a soldout crowd April 25 at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater for the seventh annual "Los Altos Live!" talent show. The show featured an eclectic range of acts, including rock bands, singers, dancers and the Broad...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

Set in ...

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of you to spen...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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LAH reports little change in enrollment, costs still high

Although measuring the precise return on investment is difficult, it’s clear that residents of Los Altos Hills contribute generously to public education – a tax-dollar total that averaged $27,529 per student last year.

According to the Los Altos Hills Education Committee’s 2012-2013 Enrollment Report, 930 students from Los Altos Hills are enrolled in K-12 public schools in the Los Altos School District, which includes elementary and junior high schools; the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District (MVLA); and the Palo Alto Unified School District, which includes elementary, middle and high schools. Los Altos Hills is split geographically between the two elementary school districts.

With an overall decrease of 22 students, there was no major shift in public school enrollment from the previous year.

Because Bullis Charter School declined to provide enrollment data, Heather Rose, chairwoman of the Education Committee, reported that some statistics – including small decreases in the number of students enrolled in Los Altos schools between eighth and ninth grades – may not be as accurate as they could be.

Although the Los Altos School District enrolls 4 percent more elementary students than the Palo Alto Unified district, the reverse is true for high school enrollment – Palo Alto enrolls 12 percent more students than MVLA, with 183 attending Gunn and 145 attending high schools that include Los Altos Hills within their boundaries.

Rose attributed the reversal in enrollment figures during the transition to high school to private school students entering Gunn. During a committee report to the city council, she noted that the Palo Alto district had a higher concentration of students attending public middle schools than the Los Altos district for the 2012-2013 year. She alluded to possible concerns from residents about the stability of local elementary schools as one explanation.

In addition to highlighting the number of students that attend each public school in the districts, the report provides a breakdown of the taxpayer cost per student in each district.

Students in MVLA receive the highest total revenue at $39,495 per pupil – $36,291 from property taxes and $3,204 in bond-issue revenue for facility expenses. The Los Altos School District’s receives $30,226 per student and the Palo Alto Unified School District averages $26,866.

Property and parcel-tax contributions in 2012-2013 increased nearly 9 percent, or $3,629, per student across all school districts serving Los Altos Hills compared with 2011-2012.

For the complete Los Altos Hills Education Committee 2012-2013 Enrollment Report, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov/documents/committees/education/2013-2013_enrollment_report_presentation_citycouncil.pdf.

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